It was deemed not necessary to let Ibrahim Pasha go but there was an administrative bungle in which an insulting telegram was sent to the Marshal. Mustafa Kemal explained the situation and everything was alright. But then the Pasha objected to a trip made to Manastir at the invitation of the local CUP committee, in which he was requested to tender his resignation....'Will you let me keep command of the [3rd] Army or won't you? If you don't, let me go back to Istanbul immediately and avoid attacks and insults against my person.' Pointing to the inkstand on his desk, he added: 'This inkstand is all I have here. I'll take it and go.'
Later, Mustafa Kemal was to recall:
I must be growing blind, since I am unable to find any biographical notes on this commander in Mango's book. An internet search has yielded mainly hotel names and other commanders of an earlier period.'After this'... 'Ibrahim Pasha could not stay on in Salonica. He took his inkstand, as he said, and went away.'
Could somebody please provide me with a short background of this man's life, and more importantly, what happened to the man after he lost command of the 3rd Army? A photo would be a bonus.
As always, thanks in advance,
Source: Mango, Ataturk, p. 82.